2021 Legislative Agenda


Oklahoma Senate Bill 704 – Sentence Enhancement Reform

By Colleen McCarty | February 2, 2021

Authored by Senator Dave Rader, this SB704 is OCJR’s most ambitious legislation this session. SB704 has the potential to help Oklahomans serving excessive sentences for truly non-violent crimes while saving the state over $100 Million dollars over the next ten years.

Oklahoma House Bill 2879 – Violence Prevention Innovation Fund

By Colleen McCarty | February 3, 2021

OCJR is happy to have partnered with providers of services to domestic violence victims in creating HB2879. In short, HB2879 takes savings from significant sentencing reforms outlined in SB704 and funnels them to providers who can support and innovate ways to reduce interpersonal and gender based violence.

Medical Parole Reform – HB1903, SB320, & SB396

By Colleen McCarty | February 3, 2021

These bills define medical frailty and medical vulnerability for medical parole consideration to expand compassionate release and safely reduce the prison population.

Oklahoma House Bill 1625 – Possession with Intent to Distribute Reform

By Colleen McCarty | February 3, 2021

Defines possession with intent to distribute (PWID) to distinguish between PWID (a felony) and simple possession (a misdemeanor). This change prevents inappropriate and inconsistent charging practices.

Oklahoma Senate Bill 686: Hospice Care Work Program

By Colleen McCarty | February 3, 2021

End of life care is something many people need in order to die with dignity – including Oklahomans who are incarcerated.

SQ781 Funding – Money for Addiction Treatment

By Colleen McCarty | February 16, 2021

It has been almost five years since the voters affirmatively said “yes!” to criminal justice reform that can save lives and taxpayer dollars. In those five years, the relevant stakeholders have not been able to settle upon a correct dollar amount that can be funneled into the SQ781 fund.

Criminal Justice Reform Bills to Advocate For

By Colleen McCarty | March 22, 2021

The Oklahoma Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives hit one of their big deadlines on March 11th, 2021. That deadline requires that all bills that will advance to become law be passed off the floor in their house of origin before that date. This ensures enough time for the bill to pass through the opposite house and go to […]